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Compelling Narratives for Complex Decisions: Policy Analyst Fundamentals
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Build your reputation in public policy as you learn to give quality advice
Quality advice is advice that supports ministers and/or senior leaders to make a decision. For policy analysts, providing quality advice is the most important part of the role.
On this three-week course, you’ll learn how to provide quality advice, every time. You’ll improve your writing skills as you discover how to write a compelling narrative that clearly supports your senior leaders to make a decision.
With this ability, you can build a reputation for writing powerful papers for decision-making.
Discover the process for creating an effective narrative structure
You’ll delve into the five-step narrative process and learn how to use the components of an effective narrative in your writing.
With this knowledge, you’ll explore the importance of these techniques in aiding better decision-making.
Explore signposting words and other language techniques
Using your knowledge of narrative structure, you’ll learn how to apply your narrative to a paper template to support a decision.
Next, you’ll learn how to use the right language, style, and tone for your audience. You’ll also explore techniques such as signposting words to help ensure your audience receives the intended message.
Unpack the importance of narrative for decision-making in government policy
We live in a world where we’re faced with increasingly complex challenges to solve in increasingly short timeframes. This means that the need to make great decisions is more crucial than ever.
As a policy analyst, and with the help of this course, you can have a direct impact on the quality of decisions, and the speed at which they are made, by learning how to create a compelling narrative for the purpose of a decision.
Learning on this course
On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Demonstrate an understanding of how to curate a narrative for the purpose of supporting a decision
- Explain the five-step narrative process as it applies to creating advice for senior decision makers
- Apply the essential elements of a narrative to a standard paper template
- Present advice that uses the right tone, language, and style to engage senior decision makers
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for policy analysts with between one and four years’ experience in government policy who want to develop their writing skills.
It will also be useful for anyone who communicates with the intention to influence.